Josephine (Jo) Franco – Western Australia
Discovered rug hooking while living in the USA and received accreditation as a rug hooking instructor with the Pearl K McGown Guild (USA) in 2008 at the ” Western Teachers Workshops – Oregon”. The accreditation course takes 5 years to complete. Experienced rug hooking teachers come together at this annual 5-day event each June to share their knowledge of rug hooking techniques, inspire and mentor trainee rug hooking instructors. A benefit of this course is the friendships and contacts that are made, plus it puts one “on the map”.
As a TIGHR member was a 2009 Panel presenter at The International Guild of Handhooking Rugmakers(TIGHR) Triennial Conference in Kentucky, USA where Australia’s nomination as Host Country (2009-12) was accepted.
2012 Event Manager of the TIGHR Triennial Conference in Strathalbyn, South Australia. During this time, Editor for the International Guild newsletter “Hooking Matters”
2015 a Panel Presenter at the TIGHR Triennial Conference in Victoria, BC, Canada.
Publicizing the art/craft of rug hooking in Australia has become Jo’s main focus.
As Editor of the Guild Newsletter “In the Loop” and a freelance writer with articles in Rug Hooking Magazine. Online; Editor of the guild blog “Rughooking Australia” which has been assigned the International Standard Serial Number ISSN 2207-001X by the National Library of Australia, whose collections benefit the community and future generations.
Community projects are another way of publicizing the craft. During 2010-2012 Jo facilitated the making of four rugs donated to the City of Wanneroo and the 2015 community ANZAC project, purchased by the Wanneroo Museum. The community rug group is well supported by the Mayor and the City. Jo was also instrumental in designing and coordinating a Wearable Art entry, created by the community group which placed in it’s category in the 2014 Mandurah Wearable Art Festival.